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Title: Security Challenges Posed by Global Media Reporting: The Case of Coverage of Osama Bin Laden's Death
Authors: Attuquayefio, P.
Anange, S.M.
University of Ghana, College of Humanities Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy
Keywords: Security Challenges
Global Media
Osama Bin Laden's Death
Issue Date: Nov-2014
Publisher: University of Ghana
Abstract: The role of global media in influencing global politics in contemporary international system cannot be glossed. This is due to increasing use of global media by politicians to fabricate news that sway public opinion in their favour. When fabricated news is concerned with international peace and security, it could result in security challenges on the part of news consumers since news agencies may create a situation portraying the world to look insecure. Therefore, this study focuses on utilizing Realism as a theory in examining how individual non-state actors like bin Laden could have been used to influence public opinion in news reportage of global security issues and its impact on international security. The scope of the study covers the reports about Osama bin Laden as they happened during his lifetime from his birth to death as global media reported them. The study is purely qualitative and relies primarily on literature review and secondary sources for data collection and analyses. The main argument of the study is that, false news and misrepresentations could create security challenges on the part of the news consumers as they are made to live with fear which does not necessarily relate to what is being promoted in the news. Findings from the study reveals that, the death of OBL was used for political ends by Obama administration to cover his weakness in economic performance and sway public attention from a birth certificate case that was otherwise jeopardizing his presidential candidacy eligibility in 2012 elections. Towards this end, the study recommends an establishment of international organization to monitor global media reportages. It also recommends that news fabricators, warmongers, and all those who churn out propaganda and news that promote hatred and aggression or threaten global security should be held accountable and be punished by international law agreed by all states. It finally recommends that news consumers must be analytic about the global news they receive to prevent politicians from using international media houses to fabricate events that sway public opinion in their favour.
Description: Thesis(M.A)-University of Ghana, 2014
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/21813
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